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Why you need to do a duathlon this winter

Duathlons are often the hidden gem of the multisport community with some great events that you can really use to your advantage if you typically only focus on triathlon races. With the cooler temperatures in winter, the triathlon season heads into a small hibernation period which is when the run-bike-run duathlon fun starts. Duathlon events which are held over the run-bike-run format have a rich history with many athletes commenting on just how much they enjoy mixing up the disciplines over this exciting format. 

Race Day Skills

Duathlons are the best way to practice your race strategy, pacing, nutrition, hydration, and equipment setup at what can be referred to as a hard brick session. By racing in the cooler months at duathlon races, you might find that you gain an edge over your competitors when the triathlon season starts. Duathlons allow you to hit the season strong with some racing already under your belt. 

If you are not the strongest swimmer, then a duathlon allows you to have the opportunity to make the most of your strengths with just running and cycling. Additionally, if you are new to multisport events and are intimated by the swim leg (which many first timers can be), then the run-bike-run allows you to (not) get your toes wet in experiencing what multisport events are all about. Hopefully this can help provide you with a boost in confidence for when the weather warms up and the triathlon season begins. 

Powerful Training Motivation During the Cooler Months 

The majority of triathletes often find that winter is one of the most challenging months to stay motivated in training. With such cool temperatures and the thought of swimming in cold water, motivation to train can decrease significantly. One of the greatest ways to stay motivated to train over this time is by having a race to target. With only a very small number of triathlon events taking place, duathlon events allow you to focus on an event goal and help provide that extra motivation to train over winter. 

Build Your Mental Toughness 

If you thought you had ‘jelly’ legs when you stepped off the bike during a triathlon, then get ready for a great challenge. The run-bike-run format means that your legs never get time to rest while racing which can be a great new challenge to embrace. Triathlons may even feel ‘easy’ after you tackle a duathlon or two during winter. 

 


 

To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a full list of all NSW based Duathlons coming up over the next few months for you to add to your calendar.

Goulburn Duathlon (Elite Energy)

The Goulburn Duathlon is the NSW Individual State Championship event. This year’s Standard Distance race is also a WT World Qualifying Event for the  Multisport World Championships held in Ibiza. It’s a wonderful town full of amazing cafes and restaurants and is the ideal place to crown our NSW Individual Duathlon State Champion!

Date: Saturday, 16th July 2022
Distances on offer: Standard, Sprint and Super Sprint
WQE Qualifying race: Standard Distance. 

Goulburn Duathlon | Elite Energy

Panthers Club Time Duathlon Seasons

Panthers Triathlon Club have a Duathlon at Sydney Motor Sport Park, Under lights.  If you haven’t raced at Sydney Motor Sport Park, it’s a fast bike and an honest run with a little hill in an amazing location to race. And did we mention you race under lights??

The club extends an invitation to their club races to all members from across NSW. There is always a bit of good-hearted rivalry out on course, but it’s this community spirit that makes their events so great.

Date: August 6

Visit the Panthers Triathlon Club website for more information.

Hills Duathlon Series

The Hills TC will once again deliver a series of Duathlons throughout the winter months leading into their Triathlon season starting in October. This club continues to deliver one of the highest quality club run events in NSW and Australia, so is well worth checking out. .

Date: TBC

Visit the Duathlon Race – Hills Triathlon Club (hillstriclub.com) for more information

Macarthur Duathlon Series: Macarthur Duathlon Series

#teamMacTri are running a series of Duathlons throughout the winter months leading into their Triathlon season starting in October. This club continues to deliver the cheapest races in NSW, with a high-quality ride (fully closed to cars) and a great little run with a bit of a challenge.

Date: June 26 | July 24 | August 21 | September 18

Visit the Macarthur Triathlon Club - Home (weebly.com) for more information

Coogee Triathlon Club: Winter Series 2021

Coogee Triathlon Club run a series of Duathlons in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney at Heffron Park. No on the day registrations are accepted but it’s a great cheap introductory event for anyone looking to get involved in the sport. 

Date: August 06

Visit the RACING | Coogee Website (coogeetriclub.com.au) for more information.

Cronulla Triathlon Club: Winter Series 2022

Cronulla Triathlon Club run a series of Duathlons winter, leading into their Triathlon season starting in October. This family friendly series is open to all ages and abilities and is held at the Sutherland Shire Cycle Track near Waratah Park, Sutherland. Simple register and pay on the day with entries only $2 and family entries just $5.

Date: July 23 | August 20 | September 17

Visit the Cronulla Triathlon Club website for more information.

Port Macquarie TC Duathlon Series:

Port Macquarie TC are running a series of Duathlons throughout the winter months leading into their Triathlon season starting in October.

Date: July 24 | August 28

Visit the  Race Calendar - Port Macquarie Triathlon Club (portmactriclub.com.au) for more information



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